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Basic History and Information About the 753rd EOD Company

The 753rd Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), referred to as 753rd EOD, was activated in 2004 and has the fortune of being based at one of the most asthetically appealing National Guard camps in the country, Camp Dawson. Camp Dawson is located between Route 7 and the Cheat River near Kingwood, WV. Driving, it is thirty minutes east of Morgantown, WV, ninety minutes from Pittsburgh, PA, and roughly three hours from Washington, DC.

 

 Cheat River flowing beside Camp Dawson, WV

This is where our home is. There is even a golf course.

 

Deployments

In it's short existence the 753rd has deployed to Kosovo for three rotations, Kuwait for one, and our members have individually augmented other EOD units to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Tunisia, and other countries in the CENTCOM area.

  • Kosovo (KFOR 8) 2006-2007
  • Kosovo (KFOR 11) 2008-2009
  • Kosovo (KFOR 12) 2009-2010
  • Kuwait (OEF ) 2013

Organizational Hierarchy

Unlike active component units, Army National Guard EOD companies have a concurrent hierarchy for both peacetime and wartime. Additionally the company can be placed under any type of command's operational control when deployed. The peacetime hierarchy ensures that the unit recieves sufficient support to maintain operational readiness. It also structures a chain of command for when the company is activated in support of state emergencies. The WARTRACE Program hierarchy enables oversight of EOD specific standards and operations and allows commanders to form cohesive relationships with their wartime chain of command.

Peacetime Hierarchy

  • 771st Troop Command Battalion, West Virginia Army National Guard
  • 111th Engineer Brigade, West Virginia Army National Guard
  • Land Component command, West Virginia Army National Guard

WARTRACE

  • 501st Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), New York Army National Guard
  • 111th Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Alabama Army National Guard
  • 20th Support Command (CBRNE), United States Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Shoulder Sleeve & Distinctive Unit Insignia

The 753rd EOD wears the insignia of the 111th Engineer Brigade.

111th ENG BDE SSIShoulder Sleeve Insignia Symbolism

Red and white are the colors traditionally used by Engineer units. The tower symbolizes the Brigade’s mission. The black diamond signifies military constancy to the nation, in times of war and peace and the rich coal resources of the state. The powder horn signifies the 111th Engineer’s heritage as “Minuteman for Freedom,” also the unit’s motto.

111th ENG BDE DUIDistinctive Unit Insignia Symbolism

The white powder horn represents the early pioneers, the Greenbrier Long Rifles of the day and the readiness of the present unit. The black diamond shape alludes to the coal fields of West Virginia. Scarlet and white are colors used for Engineer units.

Excerpts are from The Institute of Heraldry.